Monday, October 23, 2000
In order to survive during times of food scarcity, animals have evolved
to have slower metabolism, conserving energy until food becomes available again. While
slowing of metabolism is useful for survival of the species, it makes it difficult for
obese people in the modern age to lose weight.
A number of pathways for regulation of energy metabolism already are
known, including those that involve leptin, and last week Eli Lilly and Co. reported on
yet another potential site of